AutoCAD Tutorial for Land Survey Engineers



Introduction

AutoCAD is the most popular 2D drafting tool used across the world. It provides a full range of drafting tools that let you create accurate and realistic images. AutoCAD is fully customizable, enabling you to automate tasks, and create custom menus, line types and so on. A variety of third-party applications are also available to help you further customize AutoCAD to suite your needs. Furthermore, AutoCAD provides programming tools that let you create your own add-on applications.

AutoCAD Interface

When you first start AutoCAD, the initial screen contains the menu bar at the top, the status bar at the bottom, the drawing window, the command window, and several toolbars. The latest version of AutoCAD contains various ribbon interface.

Menu Bar: Menu Bar is the first interface in AutoCAD available at the top of the AutoCAD drawing area. The Menu Bar provides options such as insert, view, format, etc. Each menu item gives us different options to create or modify our drafts.

Tool Bar: AutoCAD has several tool bars for graphical representation of commands. Toolbars contain icons that represent most of the drafting commands.

Ribbon: In present versions of AutoCAD, the ribbon interface is a useful option which contains groups of panels on the top portion, for usage of commands graphically. Ribbons work using a compact interface that contains many of the same tools and controls available in menubars, toolbars and dialog boxes. It should also be noted that AutoCAD doesn’t permit the menubar and toolbar simultaneously with the ribbon interface. To get the classic menubar view instead of the ribbon interface go to the pull-down menu and select the tools option. Under the workspace option select the AutoCAD Classic option.

Command Line: The command line allows the user to execute any command by entering the full command name or its abbreviation. To enter a command, type the full command name on the command line and press ENTER or SPACEBAR. The Command Line display can be to toggled using Ctrl+9 or Typing the command, ‘commandline’ in text editor.

Canceling a Command: Use E SC key to cancel any active command.